About the De­signer

Gwen But­tke McGan­non

Crochet World - - Designer Spotlight -

My grand­mother taught me how to knit and cro­chet when I was in grade school. It was a tricky way to learn as I am left-handed and she was right-handed. Right away I en­joyed cro­chet more, and I cre­ated some clothes for my Bar­bie and a pen­cil pouch that I used for many years. I did not cro­chet or knit again un­til I was in col­lege and was rein­tro­duced to both crafts. I fell in love with cro­chet all over again! I en­joy ex­plor­ing all the many facets of cro­chet, from lace to Tu­nisian and ev­ery­thing else in be­tween. My love for cro­chet­ing with thread blos­somed as I started mak­ing hair clips and pony­tail hold­ers for my daugh­ter, then for my Etsy shop, gwen­goods. I love mak­ing beau­ti­ful ac­ces­sories. I cro­chet ev­ery day, and when leav­ing home I al­ways have some­thing to work on as I may find time to cro­chet a few stitches here and there, any­where. I love ex­plor­ing all the in­fi­nite pos­si­bil­i­ties within the art of cro­chet, and don’t think I will ever grow tired of try­ing new tech­niques and cre­at­ing new de­signs. I love cre­at­ing mul­ti­col­ored mo­tifs that in­cor­po­rate joins worked as you cro­chet, as it cre­ates a flaw­less look. In cre­at­ing the mo­tifs for the Elvia Shawl, I thought it would be fun to have a spe­cial clus­ter stitch re­peat within the dif­fer­ent rounds. When I am mak­ing many mo­tifs for a project, I start with the first color and cro­chet all the mo­tifs through the fi­nal round in that color, then I con­tinue with the sec­ond color and any re­main­ing col­ors in the same way. It makes it easy to en­sure all mo­tifs are turn­ing out the same, and a side ben­e­fit is that you can usu­ally mem­o­rize the rounds cro­cheted in each color so the work goes quickly. Also, I can pack my project bag with the cur­rent color and cro­chet on the go!

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